Learning Journal. The Learning Journals are designed for you to demonstrate understanding of course concepts, and to develop a critical thinking perspective on exercises that you have participated in during this class. Offered throughout the course are experiential exercises, cases, and other forms of learning that translate textbook knowledge through incidents from the working world. These classroom activities are designed to present you with managerial issues, in real work situations, and give you the opportunity to work in small groups to argue your position. Through experiential tools, you may begin to understand why management isn’t so much “common sense,” as it is subjective science, fortified by the concepts and theories you learn in this class.
How does it work: Across the semester, there are activities designated as Learning Journal Opportunities – (See Course Calendar). After you have participated in the exercise, write a 3-6 page (double-spaced) debrief on the exercise.
What should this debrief include: Each debrief should incorporate your understanding and analysis of the exercise using the four components of the Kolb Learning Styles to analyze the situation, which we will discuss in class. This analysis should also address any questions you have remaining, or any thoughts about the exercise that you felt weren’t addressed clearly in class debrief. Further notes on the Learning Journal may be found under the “Learning Journal” tab on Blackboard
How these are evaluated: You must turn in ONE Learning Journal over the course of the semester. Learning Journals are your opportunity to critically reflect on the activity and the course content. Therefore, the tone of the learning journal should be professional. Further Learning Journal expectations, examples, and a rubric can be found on Blackboard under the “Learning Journal” tab. Your Learning Journal submission is worth 100 points. When do I turn it in: You have a set window of time to complete your journal entry – these debriefs are due within a week of the exercise you are analyzing. A full list of learning journal activities are provided in the course calendar. Late Learning Journals will be marked down by 10% per day they are late.
What else do I need to know?
Plan accordingly. I do not accept Learning Journal analyses for days/opportunities in which you were not in attendance – consider these as lost opportunities.